This unit applies to those conducting learn-to-swim and water safety classes in swimming pools and confined natural shallow water venues.
Perform basic water rescues
Elements and Performance Criteria
1. Determine participant readiness.
1.1. Identify the characteristics of the participant group.
1.2. Identify the water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills to be developed according to best practice principles of aquatic activities.
1.3. Assess participant readiness to acquire the relevant skills.
1.4. Determine the instructional methods and styles appropriate to the participant group.
1.5. Determine appropriate drills, activities and or games for the participant group.
1.6. Allocate sufficient space and assemble resources for the drills, activities or games according to relevant legislation, organisational policies and procedures, conditions and external influences.
2. Conduct drills, activities and games.
2.1. Provide clear and accurate instruction on drills, activities or games to be used.
2.2. Introduce participants to the water in an appropriate manner according to best practice principles of aquatic activities.
2.3. Demonstrate skills and techniques to participant group as required, according to best practice principles of aquatic activities.
2.4. Monitor the participation and performance of each participant according to relevant legislation and provide feedback as required.
2.5. Observe participants' movement through water according to the principles of movement in water and adjust or refine individual or group performance as required.
2.6. Modify the activity as required according to participant needs and factors which affect skills acquisition.
2.7. Respond to participant concerns and questions as required according to best practice principles of aquatic activities.
2.8. Respond to participants experiencing difficulties according to organisational policies and procedures and relevant legislation.
2.9. Monitor time and complete drills, activities or games according to organisational policies and procedures.
3. Review and adapt the instruction.
3.1. Request and respond to feedback from participants.
3.2. Identify aspects needing further emphasis, attention or intervention in future sessions.
3.3. Review own performance and identify areasneeding improvement and appropriate strategies as required.
3.4. Implement modifications to future instruction in response to feedback and review of participant progress.
communication skills to:
provide clear instruction
request and respond to participant questions and feedback
problem-solving skills to:
identify and address participant difficulties in applying water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility
adjust activities as required
planning and organisational skills to:
select and instruct appropriate drills, activities and games
self-management skills to:
review own performance
address any areas requiring improvement.
legislation and organisational policies and procedures that ensure the safety of clients other facility users and staff
principles of movement in water and best practice principles of aquatic activities to enable safe, effective and consistent instruction in buoyancy and mobility skills
water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills to enable accurate and comprehensive instruction to participants
use, care and maintenance of equipment
cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques to enable initial response to emergencies.
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.
Overview of assessment
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Evidence of the following is essential:
delivers concise information, explanations and demonstrations to ensure drills, activities and games are conducted safely
observes clients and provides feedback and intervention to improve individual skill performance as appropriate
modifies instructional methods, styles and activities for individuals and groups to enhance skill development as appropriate
applies organisational policies and procedures and relevant legislation to ensure safety of participants and other facility users.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment must ensure:
conduct of drills, activities and games for multiple sessions which incorporate instruction in all water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills
access to a swimming pool or confined natural shallow water venue
access to safety equipment relevant to local regulatory and organisational requirements
access to appropriate clients.
Method of assessment
A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:
observation of candidate instructing, monitoring and adjusting water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills according to the needs and characteristics of participant groups and organisational safety requirements
oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of the application of the principles of movement in water
review of portfolio of lesson plans developed by the candidate.
Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:
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Guidance information for assessment
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.
Characteristics of the participant group may include:
stage of development
physical or intellectual characteristics
cultural and situational factors.
Water familiarisation may include:
entering, leaving and moving through the water
getting the face wet
submerging and opening eyes under water
regaining a standing position
Buoyancy and mobility skills may include:
front, back and side floating
Best practice principles of aquatic activities may include:
accepted preventative practice adopted throughout the aquatic industry to minimise safety hazards or risks
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the culture of swimming and water safety.
Instructional methods may include:
whole skill strategies
whole, progressive part, whole strategies
progressive part strategies
command and response strategies
experiential or problem-solving strategies
techniques to encourage the reluctant participant.
Resources may include:
first aid facilities and equipment
pool safety equipment
instructors and equipment.
Relevant legislation may include:
occupational health and safety
duty of care
working with children.
Organisational policies and procedures may include:
occupational health and safety
swimming teachers Code of Conduct policy
appropriate swimwear and personal protective equipment
consideration of other facility users.
Conditions and external influences may include:
other facility users
Principles of movement in water may include:
balance and stability.
Factors which affect skills acquisition may include:
background noise and distractions
available water space.
Areas needing improvement may include:
instructional skills and techniques
group control techniques.
This unit contains employability skills.
Refer to Unit Descriptor